Envision life after PNCA

Explore these national professional organizations offer resources, information, job databases, and annual conferences for education and networking.

by industry


College Art Association
The College Art Association (CAA) promotes the visual arts and their understanding through committed practice and intellectual engagement.

Freelancers Union
Mission statement: Our mission is to promote the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and service. We build model solutions to support independent workers so they can be secure and thrive, no matter how they work.

Rocket Hub
RocketHub is a launchpad and community for independent artists and entrepreneurs.


American Institute of Architects
Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857.


The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is a dynamic organization that fosters global education and appreciation for the ceramic arts. NCECA’s programs, exhibitions, publications, opportunities and resources inspire advancement of the field.

Access Ceramics
Access Ceramics is a growing collection of contemporary ceramics images by recognized artists enhancing ceramics education worldwide.

Ceramic Arts Daily
An online community serving active potters and ceramic artists worldwide, as well as those who are interested in finding out more about this craft. CeramicArtsDaily.org provides a wide array of tools for learning about and improving skills, and a place for artists to display their work and to share ideas and perspectives about how their art and life interact to shape each other.


Northwest Film Forum
Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

A database of film and tv technicians and facilities on the web / resources for tv and film production professionals / current job vacancies in film and tv production in your area / Casting calls

FilmEdu is committed to developing agency, innovation, and support for learning. We provide a wealth of services including online resources, workshops and courses for Film Studies teachers and students, itraining and consultancy.

Graphic Design / Communication Design

AIGA, the professional association for design, believes designers serve a critical role as communicators, educators and innovators. AIGA sets the national agenda for the role of design in economic, social, political, cultural and creative contexts.


Society of Illustrators
The Society’s mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large.

Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators(SCBWI)
SCBWI is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. SCBWI is a vibrant community of individuals who bring books for young readers to the public and provides a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators worldwide.

Association of Illustrators
The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organization promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards. AOI has worked successfully with businesses and colleges to increase the standing of illustration as a profession and improve commercial and ethical conditions. With a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, students and colleges, the AOI continues to support and educate future generations at every stage of their career.

Workbook is dedicated to providing the creative community premium sourcebooks, and a website with comprehensive features and resources for finding top talent and services. Workbook also provides leading and adaptable marketing tools to photographers, illustrators, letterers and designers who are serious about reaching the most active and important art buyers in their fields.

Illustration Mundo
provide illustrators a free means to get their work discovered by art directors, creative directors and other people in the industry that utilize illustration.

Industrial Design

Core 77
This website publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services. Core77 provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits.

Museum Studies

American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums’ mission is to strengthen museums through leadership, advocacy, collaboration and service.

Museum resources, opportunities, and global museum news.


Society for Photographic Education
The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography and related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight.

American Society of Media Photographers (Oregon Chapter) (American Society of Media Photographers (Oregon Chapter))
The ASMP has three purposes:

  1. To protect and promote the interests of photographers whose work is for publication.
  2. To promote high professional standards and ethics.
  3. To cultivate friendship and mutual understanding among photographers.


Southern Graphics Council
SGC International is an educational non-profit organization committed to informing our membership about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and hand-made paper.

Printmakers Council
An artist run, non-profit society that promotes new developments within printmaking.

People of Print
A library of printmakers and designers with a sole purpose to inspire.

California Society of Printmakers
The California Society of Printmakers promotes the practice and appreciation of fine art contemporary printmaking in the West. CSP supports both the integrity of traditional printmaking and provides a home for artists exploring new directions in contemporary print methods. Though the majority of our members live and work in Northern California, membership is open to printmakers throughout the world.


The mission of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is to foster literary achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

American Society of Journalists and Authors
The American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's professional organization of independent nonfiction writers. ASJA is a primary voice in representing freelancers' interests, serving as spokesman for their right to control and profit from uses of their work in the new media and otherwise.

Writer's Relief
Writer's Relief helps creative writers make well-targeted, professional submissions to literary agents and editors. Writer's Relief is not a literary agency, publisher, publicist, self-publisher, or marketing company. We’re writers, researchers, motivators, organizers, proofreaders, and savvy submission strategists helping writers accomplish their goals.


Academic Keys
This website contains resources and job listings related to higher education.

Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education is a source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.

College Art Association
The College Art Association (CAA) promotes the visual arts and their understanding through committed practice and intellectual engagement.

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

The Kennedy Center: Arts Edge
The Kennedy Center opens its doors to thousands of children each year – and hundreds of thousands more step in through ARTSEDGE, our K-12 arts education network.

National Art Education Association (NAEA) (National Art Education Assocation (NAEA))
The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown University
The Center recognizes the diversity of learning styles and encourages reflective, independent, life-long learning. Through its programs, services and publications, the Sheridan Center explores a variety of pedagogical approaches.

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The Office of Career Design
Lynn Brown
Director of the the Office of Career Design

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